Our Charitable Aim

For the public benefit, to act as a community media and youth arts resource for young people from the age of 11 years (& adults) from disadvantaged communities by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities.

TREVOR BLACKMAN

FOUNDER

National Youth Strategy winner, Clore Leadership Fellow and British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur, Trevor Blackman, has been different since the day he was born. At the age of 14 this blue head, then silver head, then blonde head and now bald head,  marched into BBC Leicester and demanded a job. They gave him one, not because of his wacky hair, but because a producer looked at him and saw he had the passion.

“You just need the chance to prove you can do it- so here is your chance!!”

Since then, Trevor has proven he can do anything and everything, even with words of discouragement. One of the most magnificent being the take over of the iconic National Gallery and Trafalgar square, (which proves that APE Media started flash mobs), as part of the Festival of Youth Arts.

Trevor has successfully been a producer, presenter, script writer, actor, director, manager, mentor, entrepreneur and he’s still looking young.

RICHARD BROOKE

FOUNDER

Currently a Senior Network Director working on BBC’s public service television channels, such as BBC1 and BBC2. Richard has now worked at the BBC for 18 years, during which he has worked in Production on Crimewatch and Watchdog, in BBC Local Radio and the main BBC Newsroom, on BBC World News television, before moving to his current role.

He is also a founder member of the precursor to APE, namely Apple Pie Productions along with Trevor Blackman.

SEAN HURLEY

HEAD OF BREAK LONDON / FOUNDER/DEVELOPER

CHAIR – NEWHAM AUTISM STRATEGY STEERING GROUP

“Music and the Arts may well be the hook to engage young people but, let’s be clear what we teach here are life-skills and self belief.  These are things you need out in the world no matter what path you take in life.”

SIMON MCKAY

TRUSTEE

Simon is a BACP accredited psychotherapist working in private practice. He previously had a career managing IT projects in the City. Simon has been involved in music for 35 years in various roles; journalist, photographer, musician, club DJ and radio show presenter.

KEMI SULOLA

VOCAL TUTOR

Kemi Sulola is an artist born and raised in the heart of East London. Kemi’s music stems from a range of influences, all leading to a unique combination of authentic music. With a sound often linked to the golden era of 90’s RnB, the British soul singer brings that feel good and free vibe to her listeners.

Kemi has featured on London Live TV and Radio 1Xtra, and is a member of the Brit Awards Voting Academy. Her single ‘Countdown’ with its RnB and grime mix was part of NANG’s Growing Pains 2, a compilation featuring Jay Prince and Nadia Rose.  She has also supported artists such as Stormy, Krept and Konan and PJ Morton. She is currently working with APE teaching vocals, singing techniques, and songwriting.

CAROL BERRY

MEDIA & RADIO PRODUCTION TUTOR

Freelance radio producer at BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra

PADDY CADEN

HEAD OF TRAINING

A veteran of the house/rave scene that swept through the UK in the early 90s, with 20 years experience of the music industry through running events, DJing  production and record labels. Paddy created the Universal Vibes brand in 2004 and still runs it to this day. Now focused on sharing his experience and nurturing the next generation of producers and music entrepeneurs, Paddy has been at Ape for 10 years and brings his vast music experience to the table.

As lead tutor he has delivered courses in music production and business, radio and media and is responsible for designing our curriculum to be as engaging as possible to the young people we work with.

PAM GILL CIM

BOARD ADVISOR ON DIGITAL MEDIA & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CEO THE SUGAR BOX, EDITOR IN CHIEF CARE CASTERS, PRESENTER BREAK LONDON,

FOUNDER OF LD CARERS DIRECT

Strategic development adviser on communications and marketing for  new enterprise, digital industries, social franchising, SCR and business leadership mentoring.

BLUE CANARIÑHO

MUSIC PRODUCTION TUTOR

Blue Canariñho is one half of the DJ /Producer duo Brown x Blue, who have a slot on Reprezent Radio. Blue experiments with ambient tracks, as well as spinning grime, hip-hop and R&B. He’s known to challenge major Grime MCs to spit bars over smooth, alternative beats!
Growing up in Liverpool to the soundtrack of House, it took a trip at 18 to Barcelona and the need to have something to paint/ graffiti to, to teach himself how to create beats, in his own distinctive nocturnal, laid-back vibe.
Blue is inspired by East London – his adoptive home – and has expressed how the multicultural community in ‘ends’ makes him feel so welcome. Blue is transitioning from creating remixes to working with prominent artists on original projects, as well as tutoring Music Production skills for APE.

BRYAN NTUEBA

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR (APPRENTICE)

I am presently studying a Level 3 Business Administration at Elatt, which is going well. Whilst working at Ape Media as a Business Administrator Apprentice, I have gained a lot of new skills and more knowledge within the working environment, I have enjoyed working with young people also expanding my our skills base by doing finances e.g. bookkeeping in the organization and learning how to edit films.

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. “

Vince Lombardi

I feel gaining all these experiences, skills and knowledge will help me in the near future, as I have decided to continue my journey onto university; which I hope everything I’ve learnt and gained will come in handy.